Crutching Teacher, Hidden Psychic
Johnny goes back to his father's house. No one seems to be home. He reaches between a wall and a free-standing cupboard and pulls out a rifle. He grabs a box of bullets from the top of a corner hutch. He notices an old photograph of his parents on the table. He moves it out of the way and starts to fool with the rifle. I wonder if he'll give himself a Mohawk, à la Travis Bickle. I sure hope so. Anything would be a tonsorial improvement.
Johnny's on a bus with the rifle wrapped up in some kind of gunny sack or blanket or something. We hear him in a voice-over: "Dear Sarah, This is a hard letter to write so I'll try to make it short. I can't go on hiding anymore. That's what I've been doing: running and hiding. I had this figured out all wrong. I always thought this power of mine was a curse, but now I can see it's a gift. Anyway, by the you get this letter, it'll be all over. You never will understand why, Sarah, I guess nobody ever will, but I know what I'm doing, and I know I'm right. Just remember, there's never been anyone for me except you. Just wasn't in the cards for us, I guess. I'll always love you, Sarah. Johnny." We see the bus pull up and let him off; it's nighttime. He crosses the road and stands in front of a big hall. A poster indicates there's a meeting there for Stillson's campaign tomorrow. Johnny tries to get in the back door but it's locked, of course. He breaks a basement window and goes in that way.
The next day, people start to filter into the auditorium. Johnny's sleeping in the balcony, hidden by the banners swagged over it. As he begins loading the bullets, he drops one. Fortunately, people are making a lot of noise and walking all over the place and no one notices. They're all clapping and cheering as Stillson comes in. He's shaking hands and kissing babies; one of them is Walt and Sarah's son, Denny. Stillson urges her to bring Denny up on stage. Lots of people are wearing their white Stillson hardhats. Johnny picks out his vantage point. Stillson gets up on the stage, raising his arms in expectation of victory as much as gratitude and greeting. Martin Sheen is too adorable to play this guy convincingly. Plus it's a really lame role. The crowd finally sits down. Stillson starts congratulating them on what a great campaign they've helped to make it. Suddenly, Johnny stands up and aims his rifle. Um, why? Why not shoot from between the balcony rails? Just more cinematic dumbness. Anyway, Sarah sees him and cries out, "Johnny!" Johnny fires and hits the edge of the podium, missing Stillson. Everybody starts scrambling and Stillson, thinking fast, grabs Sarah's baby and holds Denny up in front of him. A photographer takes pictures. Sarah screams and finally grabs the baby back from Stillson. Sonny pulls out his handgun, to no one's very great surprise, and shoots Johnny in the wrist just as he's about to fire on Stillson again. That shot causes him to twist and drop his gun, and this time Sonny gets Johnny just below his heart. He falls over the balcony in slow motion and drops to the floor below, breaking a bench as he does. Stillson looks petrified. Sarah hugs Denny; Sonny runs over to hold a gun on Johnny, and Stillson runs and grabs Johnny by the collar, growling, "Who are you, you son of a bitch? Who sent you? Huh?"